- The center-conservative coalition… dropped one of its main vote-winning policies: tax cuts for those who work.
- Unemployment is particularly high among young Swedes and immigrants.
- The increase in economic inequality during the last decade was greater in Sweden than in almost all other OECD countries.
- Blue-collar workers and the lower middle class… found themselves on the losing side of a new globalized service and high-tech economy.
- Sweden has accepted more refugees (and relatives of refugees) than any other European country. The influx from conflict-ridden regions such as the Middle East and North Africa has increased competition for housing and employment.
- The comparatively generous social benefit system and lack of low-skilled jobs has resulted in a large number of refugees and other immigrants living on welfare.
- Sparked by discrimination and lack of opportunity, Sweden has also faced the same type of ethnic riots that shook France’s suburbs a few years ago.
As its metal goes, so goes a nation…